This week the Faithful celebrate the Feast of the Holy
Family. Sometimes presiders do not
follow the readings recommended in the Ordo.
This year is Cycle C for which the recommended reading is the Finding in
the Temple. Cycle B is the Presentation,
while Cycle A is the Flight into Egypt. If
the presider were unprepared, the Flight into
This is the first time the format is changing from a narrative with footnotes toward an annotated bibliography. This format does not require grammatically complete sentences. The main reason for the change is to eliminate the need to impose a unifying theme on all the readings. This way the reader will not expect a smooth flow of thought, but rather disjointed Personal Notes based on scholarly resources. When no pertinent information is available, readings will be skipped.
Before examining the readings in Sacred Scripture, an article of a more general nature merits consideration. The theme of this particular issue of the History and Theory: Studies in the Philosophy of History is religion and history. Since I am an historian, all of the articles in the journal merit consideration. As might be expected, I have my own strongly held opinions about the relationship between religion and history. Those opinions are briefly developed below and are elaborated on my website, www.western-civilization.com
The question posed is the relationship between religion and
history. That is the wrong question to
pose. The issue is between the political
institutions that support history and religion, basically church and state. Once the issue is settled, the intellectual
facts turn on what it means to be modern.
My working definition of modernism is acceptance of the astronomy of
Galileo, the evolution of
Because institutional religion historically fought all
At age twelve,
Fitting in with the flow of what people are accepting, suits
this Feast of the Holy Family. In their
At Shiloh, the
parents of Mary offered her at the temple at the age of three, like the parents
of Samuel. There are serious
reservations about the value of the research of
. I have already done the Greek for this reading, as follows:
Reading Chapter verse Lectionary
There is another difference between the readings. 1
A doctoral dissertation in theology from the Biblical Institute in Rome. Verses 18-20 (used in Reading 53A) belies a false mysticism with a proper activism. Verses 21-24, used here, belie a false activism with a proper mysticism. In other words, going to Daily Mass without social engagement is as wrong as social engagement without a fervent prayer life.
beginning, differences in Biblical texts were relatively easy to manipulate. The first statement of
Accents liberation rather than virginity.
Not to over-read the social activism of liberationist theology into Luke 1.
Please pass along suggestions you may have for improving the changed format. Thank you. For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 62, No. 4 (October 2000) 669.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 2 (April 2002) 336.
 Theological Studies, Vol. 67, No. 2 (June 2006) 255.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 68, No. 1 (January 2006) 157
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 1 (January 1980) 59, fn 26, 71-72.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 3 (July 1982) 418.
 Theological Studies, Vol. 66, No. 3 (September 2005) 539.
with a Steady Beat: Contemporary